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Malted Hot Chocolate Cake for £1

Cake, Large Cakes | 6th May 2014 | By

This quick and easy malted hot chocolate cake is not only a frugal one, but it’s delicious too. It’s made with drinking chocolate and Horlicks for flavour and includes both free range eggs and organic sunflower oil. The ingredients cost less than £1 and it produces a decent sized 8″ (20cm) round cake.

When I set this month’s We Should Cocoa challenge to make a chocolate cake for £1, I really wasn’t at all sure I would be able to do it. Many of the ingredients I use in baking are organic and thus relatively expensive. The chocolate, butter and eggs required for an 8″ round cake cost more than this alone. I knew I was going to have to compromise, but I still wanted it to taste good. Luckily, this malted hot chocolate cake was my second attempt at the challenge, so I knew I could do it.

I went off to our local co-op and costed up some possible ingredients. There was no doubt about it, the butter would have to go.  As for the chocolate, I had a cunning plan! I would use drinking chocolate with just a smidgen of my Green & Black’s cocoa powder to give it some oomph. I was very lucky to pick up some real free range organic eggs from a farm shop recently that only cost 60p per half dozen – I normally pay twice that amount. I’d also recently bought five large bananas for £1 so figured I might be able to use one of those for added flavour. Then of course there was my dandelion honey that cost very little to make – things were looking up.

The question was, did I make a chocolate cake with eggs and without a banana (I couldn’t manage both) or did I make a vegan chocolate banana cake? Well I did both of course.

Malted Hot Chocolate Cake

  • 190g plain flour – 15p
  • 100g golden caster sugar – 17p
  • 40ml organic sunflower oil – 12p
  • 30g drinking chocolate – 17p
  • 1 tsp G&B cocoa powder – 3p
  • 20g Horlicks – 13p
  • 2 x organic eggs – 20p
  • 1 tsp baking powder + pinch of rock salt – 2p
  • 180 ml water – 0p
Grand Total = 99p
 
 

Vegan Chocolate Banana CakeI managed to get both cakes within the £1 budget and felt inordinately pleased with myself for doing so. Both cakes were good, but the banana chocolate vegan honey cake was splendid. It was bigger, had more flavour and a better texture. It reminded me of a banana version of sticky gingerbread. It was so good in fact, I think it might become my go to banana cake – what a revelation. CT tasted them both blind and detected the respective Horlicks and banana flavours; he thought that despite the difference in textures, both were chocolatey and tasty. The banana was light and fluffy in his opinion and the malted cake was firmer and CT reckoned redolent of childhood birthday party chocolate cakes.

Of the two cakes I made, my entry to the #WeShouldCocoa £1 Chocolate Cake challenge is the Banana Chocolate Vegan Honey Cake. I’m really quite excited to see what others have come up with.

 

I’m also sending this off to Credit Crunch Munch with Camilla of Fab Food for All and Helen of Fuss Free Flavours. This month is being guest hosted by Gingey Bites. I’m not sure the credit for a chocolate cake can be crunched much more than this.

 

Vanesther of Banger’s & Mash participated in the Live Below the Line Challenge, so has come up with Cheap and Cheerful for this month’s Family Foodies event. My cakes fit the bill perfectly. This event is co-hosted by Lou over at Eat Your Veg.

 

Made from scratch and made with love, I am also submitting these cakes to Javelin Warrior’s Made with Love Mondays.

 

Both of these cakes only took 20 minutes to knock up, but as the banana and honey cake has a nice sticky texture, I reckon it is the more dessert like of the two. Served warm with some custard or cold with clotted cream, it would be even more delicious. Normally hosted by Sarah of Maison Cupcake, Dead Easy Desserts is being guest hosted this month by Tina of The Spicy Pear.

 

Malted Chocolate Cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Malted Hot Chocolate Cake for £1 – The Recipe

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Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
A quick and easy cake made with drinking chocolate and Horlicks for flavour. It's both thrifty and delicious.
Course: Afternoon Tea, Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keywords: cake, chocolate, frugal, horlicks, thrifty
Servings: 8 slices
Ingredients
  • 190 g plain flour
  • 30 g drinking chocolate
  • 20 g Horlicks
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 level tsp baking powder
  • a pinch rock or sea salt
  • 100 g golden caster sugar
  • 40 ml sunflower oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 180 ml water
Instructions
  1. Sift the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Beat the eggs with the oil and water.
  3. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and slowly add the liquid stirring gently as you go until all is just mixed.
  4. Pour batter into a prepared 8″ cake tin or mould and bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for about 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  5. Leave to cool for a few minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

62 Comments

  1. Kath

    6th May 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Choc, you are a genius. Two cakes for £1 each. I love this as a theme for WSC.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      7th May 2014 at 10:12 am

      Thanks Kath – keep the accolades coming 😉

      Reply
  2. Angie Schneider

    6th May 2014 at 6:33 pm

    Both cakes have turned out great! I like the one with banana slightly more.

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    • Choclette

      7th May 2014 at 10:13 am

      Thanks Angie – I think I do too 🙂

      Reply
  3. Harmony Marsh

    6th May 2014 at 6:34 pm

    The chocolate cake looks so light and fluffy, and you used G&B yum! 🙂

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    • Choclette

      7th May 2014 at 10:15 am

      Thanks. The banana cake was light and fluffy, less so the malted one.

      Reply
  4. Frugal Queen

    6th May 2014 at 8:05 pm

    I’ll be on this tomorrow! Trying generic nutella! I’ll let you know xx

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    • Choclette

      7th May 2014 at 10:14 am

      Ahh, that’s a good idea. I’ve made brownies before that were just nutella, flour and egg.

      Reply
  5. Catherine

    6th May 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Very nice chocolate cakes. I do love chocolate. Blessings, Catherine

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    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 7:15 am

      Thank you Catherine – chocoholics does seem to be rather addictive 😉

      Reply
  6. Phil in the Kitchen

    6th May 2014 at 10:13 pm

    Excellent use of limited resources to produce some very fine looking cakes. I’m not sure that I could find good eggs for that price though. I’d better make friends with someone who keeps chickens.

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    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 7:17 am

      Yes Phil, I struck lucky with that batch of eggs which I bought over the border. I took full advantage and came home with a couple of dozen.

      Reply
  7. Jo

    6th May 2014 at 11:41 pm

    I’m seriously impressed Choclette! Very creative. Looking forward to seeing what everyone else produces for the challenge

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  8. Deena Kakaya

    6th May 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I’m seriously impressed! Especialky by the banana version. Such tasty looking outcomes that I would never guess how little they cost x

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    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 7:18 am

      Thanks Denna. I’m not sure I’d believe it either if I was presented with a slice of either of these cakes. I wasn’t at all sure I would be able to manage it.

      Reply
  9. Elizabeth

    7th May 2014 at 6:04 am

    Fantastic! Very creative indeed; loving this WSC cocoa challenge and I do have a recipe to share once I get around to baking it! I’m spending more time writing about food these days than I am making it!

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    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 7:22 am

      Thanks Elizabeth. Now that sounds like a very familiar state of affairs. I look forward to seeing what you bake when you find time to do it 😉

      Reply
  10. Sue

    7th May 2014 at 10:41 am

    Brilliant cakes for that price, I think I would prefer the Banana version, I just really don’t like the taste of Horlicks and if it can be detected that would be a no-no for me. But chocolate cakes of that size and quality for a pound each – WOW!!

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    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 7:23 am

      Thanks Sue. It would be the banana for you then – although there isn’t a great deal of Horlicks in there, it can be detected.

      Reply
  11. Camilla Hawkins

    7th May 2014 at 10:52 am

    Thank you for these wonderful chocolate cake recipes, I’m particularly drawn the the banana one – another fabulous entry for Credit Crunch Munch:-)

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    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 7:24 am

      Thanks Camilla. Much as I love the flavour of malt I was won over by the fabulous texture of the banana cake.

      Reply
  12. belleau kitchen

    7th May 2014 at 11:59 am

    wow C you did it… TWICE!… you little show-off!… I love the sound of the banana one, that’s a great ingredient for a chocolate cake and I bet it kept it beautifully moist. That’s a recipe I will be ‘borrowing’ in the future… SUCH a brilliant challenge this month C, well done!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 7:28 am

      Hehe Dom, it’s my challenge and I’ll show off if I want to. The banana cake is a REAL winner, I had no idea it was going to be so good.

      Reply
  13. Galina Varese

    7th May 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I didn’t think it is possible. Very impressive.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 7:29 am

      Thanks Galina. I surprised myself – didn’t think it would be possible either!

      Reply
  14. Jibber JabberUK

    7th May 2014 at 6:53 pm

    I’ve been thinking about my £1 chocolate cake and realized that oil instead of butter is probably the way to go. Well done on two chocolate cakes – you’ve set the bar very high for this month!

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    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 7:30 am

      Thanks Ness. Yes using oil was one of the compromises I had to make, but I surprised myself with how well it worked.

      Reply
  15. felicity

    7th May 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Great challenge, well done! The banana one sounds very tasty, and also seems very easy to make.

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    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 7:31 am

      Thanks Felicity. One of the joys of these cakes is that they are really speedy to put together – win win 😉

      Reply
  16. Anna Maria

    8th May 2014 at 10:08 am

    I’m definitely going to bake the banana one, but I’m wondering what to use as a substitute for malt vinegar? I don’t have one, can I use apple cider vinegar?

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    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 3:42 pm

      Any vinegar will be fine Anna. Normally I would use cider vinegar, but for the purposes of this challenge malt vinegar is cheaper.

      Reply
  17. Nayna Kanabar

    8th May 2014 at 10:58 am

    Amazing that you can make this lovely cake for 0.99p .It looks so moist.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 3:43 pm

      Thanks Nayna – the secret is water 😉

      Reply
  18. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    8th May 2014 at 12:26 pm

    I love how this has all been done for under £1 – very creative 🙂

    Reply
    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 3:44 pm

      Thanks Dannii, it was a fun thing to try and do – very satisfying somehow.

      Reply
  19. Rebecca

    8th May 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Wow, two cakes! I love chocolate and banana together. Is Horlicks just a malt powder?

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    • Choclette

      8th May 2014 at 3:45 pm

      I know, showing off really! Yes Horlicks is a malt powder – tastes like maltesers.

      Reply
  20. The Spicy Pear

    8th May 2014 at 4:31 pm

    “banana version of sticky gingerbread” sounds absolutely delicious! I think it would definitely be my preferred choice too. Pretty impressive that it only took £1 to make, as chocolate has become very expensive nowadays.

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    • Choclette

      9th May 2014 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks Tina and yes, I do worry about the price of chocolate, but it looks as though it is set to go up even more soon 🙁

      Reply
  21. Kate Hackworthy

    8th May 2014 at 4:47 pm

    AMAZING! You’re a legend, Chocs.

    Reply
  22. Ceri @ Natural Kitchen Adventures

    8th May 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Very creative use of drinking chocolate with added G&B to make it taste more chocolately! So great to see you achieved 2 cakes on that tight budget – very jealous of your organic 10p eggs! I’m excited to see how my brownies fit alongside your cakes and all the rest as part of the challenge!

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    • Choclette

      9th May 2014 at 9:13 pm

      Thanks Ceri. I was particularly lucky with those eggs and it was good timing. Sadly it doesn’t really warrant a 120 mile round trip to get any more. I’m looking forward to the round-up too.

      Reply
  23. Latoyah Egerton

    8th May 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Ooooo well done you! The cheaper the cake the better, helps that it tastes good too!

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    • Choclette

      9th May 2014 at 9:15 pm

      Thanks Latoyah, cheap isn’t always good, but luckily it was in this case 😉

      Reply
  24. Kecia'sFlavor Breakthrough

    8th May 2014 at 6:11 pm

    The Malted Chocolate Cake really captures my interest! I love that!

    Reply
    • Choclette

      9th May 2014 at 9:16 pm

      Thank you. I’m a big fan of malted anything – especially Maltesers 😉

      Reply
  25. Javelin Warrior

    8th May 2014 at 7:10 pm

    It’s so true – with all the organic options and differing levels of quality for everything from flour to chocolate, baking your own cake can be a little pricey :/ And once you start talking imported chocolate and premium butter, then there’s most certainly a hefty price tag. These two cakes are a wonderful option for decadence on a budget!

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    • Choclette

      11th May 2014 at 8:21 am

      Thanks JW – it’s really interesting when you start looking into the details.

      Reply
  26. Chloe Griffiths

    9th May 2014 at 6:50 am

    wow you did well, you created a bargain cake haha! x

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    • Choclette

      11th May 2014 at 8:22 am

      Even two bargain cakes Chloe 😉

      Reply
  27. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    9th May 2014 at 8:36 am

    How very creative- I love it. Can you please apply for a job as the chancellor?

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th May 2014 at 8:24 am

      Haha, Bintu – not sure how people would take to my austerity measures, but it’s hard to believe I could do a worse job. There might, of course, be chocolate cake for all!

      Reply
  28. Jacqueline Meldrum

    10th May 2014 at 7:24 am

    Wow, well done Choclette, that was a job and a half working that out I bet. I would never have thought it possible to make chocolate cake for so little.

    Reply
    • Choclette

      11th May 2014 at 8:25 am

      Thanks Jac, I surprised myself.

      Reply
  29. The Caked Crusader

    11th May 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Love the idea of a chocolate honey cake – what a bargain!

    Reply
  30. bangers-and-mash.com

    12th May 2014 at 7:33 pm

    What a fabulously frugal pair of chocolate cakes – you are so clever! Great entries for this month’s Family Foodies ‘cheap and cheerful’ challenge. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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    • Choclette

      13th May 2014 at 11:02 am

      Thanks Vanesther – I think you are the real hero in this saga. £1 a day for all food and drink is really hard.

      Reply
  31. Rachel Cotterill

    17th May 2014 at 9:31 pm

    I love that you did both. Obviously 🙂 I’ve got friends coming round for tea tomorrow afternoon so I will be making mine then (it’s up to 82p so far!)

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    • Choclette

      11th June 2014 at 12:35 pm

      Thanks Rachel. I was so impressed with the 2nd cake, I’m making a gluten and sugar free version right now for CCC.

      Reply

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